Tuesday 21 November 2017

Keenan's Juniors surf Blue wave of success

It has been a breakthrough year for Dublin Camogie, with the Seniors, Minors and U-16s reaching the last four of their respective championships. Photo: Sportsfile (stock image)
It has been a breakthrough year for Dublin Camogie, with the Seniors, Minors and U-16s reaching the last four of their respective championships. Photo: Sportsfile (stock image)

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It has been a breakthrough year for Dublin Camogie, with the Seniors, Minors and U-16s reaching the last four of their respective championships.

The Premier Juniors managed to clear the penultimate hurdle and they will represent the county on Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Championship Final day, the first of three consecutive Sundays in which the Sky Blue jersey will feature at Croke Park.

Emer Keenan would love to lift her second trophy as Dublin captain this year, having already led her side to success in Division 3 of the National League. The fact that the cup on offer is named after Kay Mills, the legendary Metropolitan star who won a record 15 All-Ireland senior medals, doesn't really add to the incentive - there is no greater incentive than winning an All-Ireland - but no-one turns down a cherry on top.

Keenan is not allowing herself to think too far ahead however. Instead, she is relishing the build-up and the fact that there is such talent flowing through.

"It's an exciting time to be involved in Dublin camogie, this year especially" says Keenan. "There was great progress made at senior level and when you see your top team making that kind of progress, it pushes the teams that are following in their footsteps on that little bit further.

"For ourselves, we looked at the seniors playing Wexford the weekend before our semi-final against Kerry. A lot of us were down supporting and to see the girls at the final whistle of that game, we wanted to recreate that feeling for ourselves.

"The players coming through at underage is a credit to the work that's going on behind the scenes at club level and inter-county level. The commitment that those young players are giving is starting to bear fruit."

Irish Independent

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